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Within the video game homosexual Athletes and the Cult of Masculinity Eric Anderson - writer SUNY sequence on game, tradition, and Social kin precis Examines the connection among homosexual male athletes, activity, and American masculinity.

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It is these very same, highly merited athletes, who then become coaches, who influence another generation of highly impressionable athletes into conservative masculinity. 3 The Relationship between Gay Athletes and Sport One Athlete’s Story: Aaron, Closeted NHL Player Like many young Canadians, Aaron, who now plays for the National Hockey League (NHL), grew up in a culture obsessed with ice hockey. “I don’t know a lot about hockey,” I confessed at the beginning of the interview. “You are American,” he laughed, “and you’re from California.

The stigma of homosexuality brings with it a guilt-by-association fear that the stigma will rub off onto those not already marginalized. In this aspect homosexuality is looked upon as a contaminant, similar to the childhood notion of cooties. For example, Tewksbury told me that once he was labeled a fag, his classmates turned against him, alienating him, for fear of association with a known deviant. Similarly, Sport, Masculinity, and Hegemonic Oppression 29 after I came out of the closet as an openly gay high school coach my athletes were frequently perceived as gay because they had a gay coach.

Even when the denial of protective instincts and physical damage manifests in the form of overuse or clonic injuries, boys and men are not allowed to criticize the system. ” Instead, they are encouraged to get back on the horse, walk it off, or do whatever is necessary in order to get back in the game. In such manner, males are constructed to view aggression toward selves and others as not only part of the game but as a necessary component of masculinity. Michael Messner (1992) says that Sport, Masculinity, and Hegemonic Oppression 35 because participation in sports is nearly culturally compulsory and is made obligatory through its association with public education, the aggression in sport is naturalized, ubiquitous, and all-inclusive.

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